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Taiwan has 60 individuals serving as members of ASTM International and has referenced 22 ASTM standards for metals, concrete, petroleum, road and paving materials, soil and rock, plastics, building construction, corrosion and weathering.
Ann-Chu Chung, deputy director, fifth division at BSMI, states, “The standards of ASTM have always been important references for research development for industries, government agencies and institutes in Taiwan. The memorandum of understanding between ASTM and BSMI provides us with the opportunity to participate in the standardizing activities of ASTM International. This MOU also provides an easy access to updates on the development of ASTM standards, from which our industry and policy-makers have benefited a great deal in learning more about innovation in technologies.”
Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards
MOU signed February 2002
Trinidad and Tobago has utilized over 140 ASTM International standards from a wide variety of sectors, including metals, building construction, paint and consumer products, to name just a few. The country has 17 individuals participating in ASTM International’s standards development.
In June 2003, TTBS hosted a Construction Expo and Seminar in Tunapuna with the theme “Construct with Standards: Better Buildings for the Future.” ASTM President James Thomas attended, and presented a speech on “Standards for Global Trade.”
Renée Abass-Lalla, a standards officer at TTBS, notes, “The strength of ASTM will provide the muscle power for TTBS in the arena of knowledge-based conformity assessment and human resource development to face the challenges of a global marketplace.”
Thirty-six individuals from Turkey serve as members of ASTM. Over the years, Turkey has adapted, adopted or referenced nearly 500 ASTM standards in a wide variety of sectors.
Uganda National Bureau of Standards
MOU signed November 2003
Uganda’s national standards body, UNBS, has adopted nine ASTM standards for metals, lime, concrete, and road and paving materials. Uganda has four individuals participating in ASTM’s standards development process.
Instituto Uruguayo de Normas Técnicas
MOU signed November 2001
Uruguay was one of the earliest MOU signatories, having signed in November 2001. That nation’s national standards body, UNIT, has adapted, adopted or referenced nearly 60 ASTM standards for metals, cement and concrete, paints and protective coatings, weathering and durability and more. Eight people from Uruguay participate in ASTM’s standards development process.
In March of this year, UNIT sponsored a workshop for some 50 leaders of industry and government who attended to learn more about ASTM standards and how to participate in the process.
Pablo Benia, director of UNIT, comments, “The signing of the memorandum of understanding with ASTM was a key moment in UNIT’s history since it formalized a friendly relationship that came from the foundation of our institution in 1939. Personally, when I began working in standardization in 1969, the first UNIT standard on which I worked was, in fact, the adoption of an ASTM standard. UNIT has taken great advantage of the agreement through participation in several of ASTM’s committees and the incorporation of ASTM standards as a basis for Uruguay’s national ones.”
During a visit to Uruguay, ASTM President James Thomas was interviewed about standardization on Uruguayan television (above) (click here to enlarge photo).
Later, Thomas and Kitty Kono met with Fernando Gomez, head of standardization, UNIT (left) and Pablo Benia, director, UNIT (right) at UNIT headquarters (click here to enlarge photo).
Vietnam’s national standards body, STAMEQ, has taken full advantage of what ASTM International’s MOU program has to offer since signing its MOU in early 2004. The organization has adapted, adopted or referenced over 100 ASTM standards for petroleum, aviation fuels, nondestructive testing, gasoline, road construction, roofing materials and coal. Eighteen individuals from Vietnam participate in ASTM standards development activities. In late 2006, one of STAMEQ’s staff members came to ASTM for a monthlong internship. In early summer 2007, Salvatore Rand, a member of ASTM Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, taught a class in Hanoi on the use of ASTM standards for fuels.
In January of this year, Daniel Smith, a director in the Technical Committee Operations division of ASTM, and Martin Farrell, ASTM’s director of international sales, participated in the Vietnam-U.S. Standards Workshop on Enhancing Technology and Trade. About 160 participants from Vietnamese industry and standardization programs attended the workshop, which was held at STAMEQ.
Commenting on these many activities within the parameters of the MOU program, Nguyen Mai Sinh, senior officer of the international cooperation department at STAMEQ, says, “This is the most effective MOU among those that STAMEQ has signed. The MOU with ASTM International has contributed to creating international trade opportunities in general.”
Nguyen Minh Bang, deputy director of the standards department at STAMEQ, came to ASTM headquarters for one month in 2006 to learn about standards development as part of ASTM’s visiting standards experts program.
Through its national standards body ZABS, Zambia has adopted, adapted or referenced nearly 100 ASTM standards in the areas of steel, petroleum, road and paving materials, roofing, water and plastics. ZABS has named 10 technical experts to membership in ASTM and has recently availed itself of training in standards in the building codes via ASTM’s technical training program for MOU signatories.
Mataa Mukelabai, executive director of ZABS, attended the May 2007 open house for sub-Saharan Africa standards leaders.
In late 2006, ASTM welcomed Margaret Lungu, a standards development manager at ZABS, for a monthlong standards expert internship at ASTM International headquarters.
Standards Association of Zimbabwe
MOU signed August 2002
Maureen Mutasa, director general of SAZ, comments, “Prior to the signing of the MOU, SAZ had very limited and outdated ASTM standards despite the demand for the standards by local users. Since the signing of the MOU, SAZ has been able to maintain the up-to-date, full complement of ASTM standards. Furthermore, Zimbabwe experts can participate free of charge in ASTM committees of interest to their businesses. SAZ has over the years adopted or adapted ASTM standards, for example, the specifications and test methods for fuel, and currently has under way a standards development project on biodiesel fuel for which ASTM standards are being used as the basis. In line with the MOU, our thrust for the future will be to promote and coordinate the participation of Zimbabwean experts in standards development work by ASTM International.”
Maureen P. Mutasa, director general of SAZ, attended the May 2007 open house for sub-Saharan Africa standards leaders.